Unlike the more typical New Year’s Resolutions (lose weight, learn a new language, take up a new hobby) that rarely stick, organising your home, if implemented properly, can have lasting effects throughout the year and benefit many areas of your life. Leading cabinetry fittings manufacturer Hettich offers these tips to help turn your home into a haven of organisation for 2013.
1. Make your kitchen an intelligent one. Keep food, food preparation tools, pots and pans, cleaning agents and waste, and china and cutlery together to make your kitchen work beautifully.
“Get lazy and keep items that you use together close to each other. With an intelligent kitchen it’s all about creating the shortest route between frequently used items for better ergonomics and less stress. Keep everyday items on the middle shelves for easy access – with 70% of adults suffering from lower back pain this will help reduce the amount of times you need to bend and search through cupboards,” says Hettich Marketing Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Dave Angus.
2.Remember your receipts. Those pesky sheets of paper that you can never find when you need them, aka receipts and warranties, should be filed away into a clear ring-binder or even a large manilla envelope folder as soon as you unwrap your new goods. It’s a good idea to scan them too as backup.
3. Make your laundry lovely! Organise your laundry with handy wire bins that separate the dirty clothes from the clean. If you’ve got the space, dedicate a basket for each person in your household, or alternatively, just clear some space on the shelf for each family member. Finish off your newly organised laundry with a sliding door to keep every tucked away.
4.Toss out old cosmetics. If you’re struggling to organise your bathroom, chances are it’s because you have too many products – and if you look closely many of them could be out of date. Cosmetics and skin-care creams don’t last forever so go through all your products and get rid of the ones that are out of date and re-arrange the rest into organisational trays inside the drawers.
5.De-clutter your wardrobe. There’s no better time to clean out your wardrobe and get rid of the clothes you simply don’t wear anymore than the start of the year. Be brutal – haven’t worn that dress for two years? Then out it goes – donate it to an op shop or sell it on eBay and let someone else enjoy it.
For the clothes that escaped the cull, look for better ways to store them – trouser racks, belt and tie holders are all clever fittings that can help restore order in your wardrobe. Arrange your clothes into manageable sections – work, weekend, dressy – and keep these clothes separate via different hangars, shelves or wire bins.
Remember the upside to getting rid of clothes you don’t wear anymore – there’s more space for new ones!
6. Learn to love labels. Sometimes it feels like offices and lounges can be a breeding ground for wires and chords. Label electrical chords at the power point so you know which appliance you are unplugging – as well as eliminating the dreaded cut-the-power-before-saving-your-work saga, it’s also much safer as you can make sure the appropriate appliance is switched off.
Visit hettich.com.au and click on the Endorsed Showroom tab to find your nearest showroom that can help discuss your organising needs, or call 1800 HETTICH.